Wednesday, July 13, 2016

DecoArt Media Challenge: UNDER THE SEA

HOWDY from Joi@RR in Texas!

Hope you are having a great time creating your "Under the Sea" project for the DecoArt Media Challenge!!! It's soooo exciting.  I truly cannot wait to see your creations. 



Click HERE to enter the Under the Sea Round Up before August 12th! Then, find out on August 19, if you are the winner of the wonderful DecoArt gift card for products from our online store. 



As part of the DecoArt Media Design Team...
I am honored to take you to my little Under the Sea world.
It is a 16x20 painting on canvas board.


Have you ever  - literally - been under the sea?

I have not.  I've been in it but not under it!!! So when this challenge was announced my friend, Sonshine, sent me some links to help me find inspiration. She lives very near the ocean.

The photo below was taken in April 2006 by Lady Reefneck.
It says that these are called "zoanthids". 
After further research, it seems that there are lots of them under the sea in every shape and color imaginable. 

So I used Lady Reefneck's photo as my inspiration.


I began by just drawing a line to separate the sea from the zoanthids.


Then began adding colors for the sea. 

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Cerelean Blue, Translucent White and Prussian Blue Hue (one of my favorites!)


And of course, one must have texture under the sea!

I applied DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste with a knife. Seems like there just has to be some yummy sand texture in the ocean somewhere since it's on the shorelines :)


And lots of DecoArt Media Crackle Paste. 



Then begins the parade of vibrant DecoArt Media colors.
For the deep blue sea behind the zoanthids - Shimmering Turquoise Mister. And for the sand - Transparent Yellow Oxide.






The DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream in Patina Green was the perfect addition to the lumps and bumps of my ocean crackles. 




And here is the finished background...
go ahead - dive right in!!!!




Little by little I began drawing zoanthids and adding DecoArt Media Phthalo Turquoise to add depth to the water. 



Out came the LUSCIOUS DecoArt Metallic Lustres. 



And slowly the zoanthids began to come to life.




For me, every painting is all about the layers.  I like to see lots of depth of color and pattern.  After playing with the Metallic Lustres, DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics were added again. 




Another layer to the green but this time with DecoArt Americana NEON Thermal Green.  Love that glow!!!


And how in the world could it be a Joi@RR Under the Sea wonderland without glitter??? 

I used the wonderful DecoArt Glamour Dust to add some dimension to the insides of the zoanthids. 


BUT... I also smeared glitter - with my fingers - all over the entire canvas.  Did my heart good to see ALL that FABULOUS sparkle. 


Here are close-ups where I'm hoping you can see some of the glittery bling that makes up a lot of the dimension in this painting. 




I'm not sure what these sweet little red creatures are in the upper corner. But they for sure needed something to make them pop.


Can you believe what I used???  
The DecoArt Snow Writer Dimensional Paint was perfect!
Definitely not just for cold weather projects!


And now, here are some more looks at the finished creation after adding DecoArt Media Gloss Varnish.










DecoArt Products Used: 


DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics:
Vermilion
Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
Cerulean Blue
Translucent White
Phthalo Turquoise
Dairylide Yellow
Yellow Green Light
Prussian Blue Hue
Metallic Gold

DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream: Patina Green

DecoArt Media Misters:
Purple
Shimmering Yellow
Raspberry
White
Shimmering Turquoise
Blue

DecoArt Media Crackle Paste
DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste
DecoArt Media Liquid Glass
DecoArt Media Gloss Varnish

DecoArt Metallic Lustre:
Rose Gold
Radiant Red
Cosmic Blue
Majestic Purple
Elegant Emerald
Brilliant Turquoise
Copper Kettle

DecoArt Americana Neon Thermal Green

DecoArt Glamour Dust:
Iced Crystal
Copper
Black Ice

DecoArt Traditions Glazing Medium

DecoArt Magic Brush & Stencil Cleaner

DecoArt Snow Writer Dimensional Paint

For those of you that have actually seen the beauty UNDER THE SEA... it must be an amazing adventure.  For me... I am quite happy just painting what 'could be' UNDER THE SEA!!!

Thanks bunches for exploring with me today.
It was a fun adventure.  
Hugs. j.  

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